Hillary and Health Care

Hillary Clinton got run over by health care reform politics fourteen years ago. Trounced by drug companies and insurers, by Harry and Louise, by ordinary Americans afraid she would limit their health care choices.

Now, years have passed, nearly 50 million Americans are uninsured, millions more live in fear of losing coverage — and Hillary is back, with kinder, gentler reform that is, she says, all about choice.

Her rivals are howling. But the country is waiting for some kind of answer on health care.

This hour, On Point: Hillary Clinton’s second time around on health care reform.


Susannah Meadows, senior writer for Newsweek covering the Clinton campaign, her latest story is “How Hillary Won Over the Health-Care Industry.”

Dr. Atul Gawande, former senior health policy advisor on Clinton’s health care task force in 1993, he’s a surgeon and associate professor of health policy at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health and author of “Better: A Surgeon’s Notes On Performance.”

Stuart Altman, currently an advisor on health care policy for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he’s dean and professor of national health policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and senior advisor on health care for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign.

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